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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tomoe River Paper: First Impressions



Our customers have been asking for a while now whether we would ever be carrying Tomoe River paper products. And finally, we can answer in the affirmative: yes!

Imported from Japan, Tomoe River combines two qualities that many are seeking out in prospective paper -- it's both fountain pen friendly and remarkably thin at 52gsm. When our Goulet Pen Company team members took it for a test drive, they also discovered a number of other qualities about the paper, from its sleekness and smoothness to its transparent look and lightweight feel.

We're currently carrying Tomoe River as tablets and loose sheets in cream and white:




We're looking forward to further testing out Tomoe River paper and sharing what we learn with all of you. In the meantime, if you have any observations or insights to share, we'd love to hear them!

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

23 comments:

  1. If I recall correctly, this is the same brand of paper that is used in the Hobonichi planners. I have been using those planners for a few years, and the paper is a joy to write on with any pen. I'm excited that Goulet is beginning to carry this paper stock!

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  2. Another great video, hurrah Team Goulet!

    I love Tomoe River paper. I have several (well more than several) writing journals that use Tomoe River paper and I love them so. I also have several (okay more than several but less than a gross) writing pads too. I have a serious Tomoe River paper addiction, but I DO NOT need an intervention...yet.

    Its my favorite paper to write on (get it, Write On!). I discovered Tomoe River paper right after I got my first fountain pen, my Vanishing Point. Sure I have drawers filled with Clairefontaine notebooks and Rhodia dot pads - which I love. But when it comes to the pure pleasure of writing just for the joy of it, nothing beats Tomoe River paper. I can say with all honesty that I wouldn't own all the fountain pens I own, all the inks I own, and have the same passion I have for them if it hadn't been for the discovery of Tomoe River paper. Sure I'd still be using my Vanishing Point every day of course but it was the paper that made me fall in love with all of it.

    Getcha some!

    I'm stoked you guys are carrying it now.

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  3. Just placed my order for some Tomoe River paper, it looks great. Maybe I'll enjoy flexing more, looks like it did great with flex pens in the video. My problem with flex pens and Clairefontaine or Rhodia paper, the pressure needed to flex my Konrad or Pilot Flacon causes the tines to dig into the surface and cause bleedthrough and feathering. Anyway, all the reviewers on FPN and the comments on these blog pages have convinced me. I ordered the paper a few minutes before I saw it was the subject of today's blog.

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  5. As thin as it is you can write on both sides with fountains pens and most inks. Kind of amazing! :) so glad you are carrying it.

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  6. I'm going against the tide, but when I had a chance to test Tomoe paper I actually didn't like it. It is very smooth, but it's too thin in my opinion. It bends and moves way too easy beneath the pen and under the slightest pressure so that unless you're taping it down to write on it, it's a pain to work with.

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  7. Had already bought a white and a cream notepad, as well as a bound journal (very expensive, but really nice). So it will be awhile before I need to order again, but it's good to know I can get it from Goulet when I need to. I like the paper for stationery, but prefer to write on one side only. It doesn't quite bleed through, but it is very thin, so the shadows of my heavily saturated inks do show through. Excellent quality paper, if you like the lighter weight, and no feathering.

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  8. I had to look those up, but it does say they use this paper. Those planners look incredible! :)

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  9. Haha!! I'm glad that Tomoe River has helped you enjoy your fountain pens more. That's definitely one of the benefits of using fountain pen friendly paper. :)

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  10. Hey Tom! I really liked using my Pilot FA nib on the paper, so hopefully you'll enjoy flexing more as well. Because it's so smooth, it does make it a smoother writing experience. Are you using a Noodler's flex pen?

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  11. Hey Rita! Sounds like you've been enjoying this paper for awhile. Are you using a a fine nib to write on both sides?

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  12. Hey Jimjams! It is a different feel from other paper. That thinness that many enjoy might just not be for you. We do offer a lot of other fountain friendly paper though! Which do you prefer?

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  13. Yes, I do use fine and extra-fine nibs, but I have written on both sides a couple times with medium nibs, too. I should have thought to mention that--thanks.

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  14. Hey Madigan, I have an Ebonite Konrad and an Ebonite Neponset. So I have 3 flex pens. The Pilot SEF Falcon gives me the best results when flexing, possibly because I write with it more often.

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  15. Hi Otter! The no feathering factor is a big plus with this paper. I'm glad to hear you're familiar with it! :)

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  16. They do take a big of practice! With the Neponset, I enjoyed it more when I was writing big letters. I'm a huge Konrad fan! It was my first flex and my favorite still. :)

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  17. I have both a white and cream pad and use it for correspondence with my pen pals. My pens glide and no bleed through or feathering. I really love the weight of it as I can write multiple pages and only need one stamp. Also lightweight for international postage is always a good thing.

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  18. Slightly bad timing, as I just ordered two stacks of the cream loose-leaf from elsewhere, but glad Goulet will have my covered down the road. I *love* this paper… i've been writing fiction on it using my demonstrator Ahab and the grey J. Herbin 1670. On days when the ideas aren't flowing very well, I find it motivates me just to put that pen to this paper.

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  19. I had a mixed experience with Tomoe River. One of my penpals sent me a sample, and I tested all the pens I had inked up. I wasn't enthralled with the feeling of writing against what felt like bare wood - the paper is so thin that there's no buffering. Noodler's red in a Parker 51 took ages to dry... I know the paper is ink resistant but I could still see the gloss after more than 30 minutes... I ended up blotting with a tissue. I never got a good feel from my pens on the paper... smooth, yes, but something was missing. I'll definitely try it again but for now I'll be sticking to more conventional papers.

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  20. My Tomoe River cream paper order from Goulet came yesterday, and I love it. One very wet pen (needs to be flushed out, the ink in the feed is very saturated) sat on the paper for 30 minutes without drying (used my rocker blotter) but still did not bleed through. Other pens (my Omas italic is VERY wet) dried in reasonable time, similar to Rhodia paper. Maybe not for everyone or every use, but a wonderful, thin, smooth paper. Best to place on a pad of paper when writing or you will feel the grain of the desk through the paper when you write, like you are writing on the desk top. More details in my product review that will be posted in a couple of days on Goulet Pens. I can see the French ruled lines in my Clairefontaine notebook through this paper, makes keeping my lines straight easy. Amazingly thin and light paper.

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  21. I'm a big fan of rhodia and more recently, especially for my dip pens, I've been using Canson Marker paper. It's thin but not as thin as Tomoe, and it's transparent enough to see guidelines easily. And it stays put when I write on it.

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  22. I bought two A4 notebooks from Goulet in wonderful thin Tomoe River Paper, with beautiful cream paper signatures both stitched and glued, and I am absolutely thrilled with the writing experience. It took a while for ink to dry (when I did not speed things along with a J. Herbin rocker blotter), but that was expected; and there was no bleed through and almost no ghosting. However, I also bought two B5 pads of cream-colored Tomoe River Paper that were glued only at the top and had a very different experience. The paper sucked ink so quickly that it produced great blotches of ink that were illegible. I'll use the paper for sketching - it has a nicely rough surface and should be quite serviceable for that use - but it's definitely not FP friendly. Tomoegawa may well produce many kinds of paper, but It would be helpful for me if I could spot in the listings which paper was what.

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